‘I can’t say I was happy with it’ - Darren Moore on how he has addressed Doncaster Rovers’ away form

Darren Moore admits that improving Doncaster Rovers’ away fortunes was high on his agenda after taking over as manager of the club.

By Liam Hoden
Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 5:00 pm

And he believes it has required a change in mindset to achieve.

Rovers won seven away matches in the league last season but, more pressingly, triumphed in only one of their last ten on the road.

It was a pattern that continued into the current campaign, with no wins from the first four road trips.

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But in the subsequent 11 away matches in League One, they have won five and drawn one, with seven left to play.

Moore believes the only way to actively address away form was to examine the manner in which they approached games on the road.

And he concedes it required greater focus on stopping the opposition.

“I looked at the away record that had happened before and I can’t say that I was happy with it,” Moore said.

“It is a mindset. It’s an understanding and appreciation of the opposition when you go away from home.

“It’s about recognising the environment you’re going into and the style of play the teams present.

“With that, you’ve got to give a respect to the opposition and change your ways and methods in order to get a result.

“Sometimes it takes that.

“When I arrived here it was something I was not happy with. And something we wanted to change.

“We’ve still got a lot of away games to come and we’ve still got to keep working to keep the right results coming.”

Moore admits, as an attack-minded manager, it has not been easy to consider containing the opposition first and foremost.

But he says it shows his belief in the approach that he has eased away from all-out attack.

“Sometimes away from home we’ve had to show that respect to teams,” he said.

“Sometimes the opposition you are playing against are stopping you from doing what you want to as much as you are stopping them.

“At the Keepmoat we’ve experienced that and it’s about the hurdles that you’ve got to overcome in order to win a game of football.”